Annual Events

Discover fantastic Pocono Mountains events every month of the year!

From January to December, the Pocono Mountains events calendar is filled with exciting happenings, and many beloved fairs and festivals have been taking place year after year for decades - or even over a century! You’ll find annual carnivals of all kinds: live music festivals like the Wildflower Concert Series bring talented artists to the area, while local businesses like Country Junction - World’s Largest Store mark the seasons with everything from recurring summer berry celebrations to photos with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget to check our local restaurants for special holiday meals and brunches too. Plan your next trip around one of our annual events!



Celebrate all things snow during ski season events held at the six ski areas throughout the Poconos.

Ready to really brave the winter cold? Take on the annual Polar Plunge at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Typically running on select dates in January and February, eagle watching tours allow visitors to catch a glimpse of majestic bald eagles along the Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers.



Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine's Day getaway to remember with special offers and exclusive fine dining events in the Poconos throughout February.

Bundle up to see the creative ice sculptures around town during WinterFest in Downtown Stroudsburg and stop in local businesses to check out special promotions.

Wally Ice Fest makes the most of the frosty weather on Lake Wallenpaupack with the Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament, bonfires, ice golf, and more.

Held annually on Presidents’ Day Weekend, Jim Thorpe WinterFest features horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carvings, food and drink specials, the popular Mug Walk and more.



Conquer the mountain before the snow melts away during Shawnee Mountain's Bigfoot Snowshoe Race at the beginning of the month.

Ready to warm up? Enjoy some hearty home cooking at the Chili & Wing Cookoff at Silver Birches.

Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Marching bands, bagpipers and groups from local nonprofits and businesses fill the streets of Stroudsburg with shamrocks for the town’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.



As green leaves return to the Poconos Mountains every spring, area communities get together to match Mother Nature’s efforts to beautify the planet. Pick Up the Poconos hosts a region-wide litter pick-up, and many towns and local organizations celebrate Earth Day with their own clean up events.

Head to the movies for the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival, which brings avant-garde screenings and awards to the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Get ready for Easter and bring the family to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Skytop.



Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm invites visitors to welcome new baby lambs, chicks, bunnies and goats at its Annual Farm Animal Frolic every May.

Wally Wine Fest comes to Silver Birches Resort in the spring with a marketplace, silent auction, and delicious vintages.

Find ways to celebrate Mother's Day in the Poconos, whether it's a special brunch, tickets to a special show, or a spa appointment.

Whitewater Dam Release Days for the Lehigh River begin in May and continue throughout the summer and early fall, with local liveries like Pocono Whitewater Adventures and Whitewater Rafting Adventures offering adrenaline-filled weekend dam release rafting trips.

Legendary Olympian Jim Thorpe was born on May 28, 1887, and the town of Jim Thorpe holds the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration in late May to commemorate its namesake.

Returning in 2025, The Great Pocono Raceway Airshow happens every other year and brings incredible flying acts to the skies over "The Tricky Triangle."



Kick off the summer with delicious eats and drinks! Split Rock Resort has been hosting the Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine and Food Festival for 30 years.

The sidewalks in Milford are filled with melodies for the borough-wide Milford Music Festival, offering music, shopping, dining and fun.

In Honesdale's Central Park, the Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival brings a day of free concerts to town with nationally-known acts.

Local communities gather to celebrate Pocono Pride Fest at the beginning of the month and to mark Juneteenth with freedom festivals in the middle of the month.

Picturesque Bingham Park is home to the Chamber of the Northern Pocono's Arts & Crafts Fair, featuring approximately 90 vendors and artists.

For over 25 years, kayakers and canoers have gathered each summer for the Delaware River Sojourn. This multi-day, guided paddling trip aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the Delaware River and its watershed, incorporating education programs, historical interpretation, and more.



Look no further than the Pocono Mountains for amazing places to watch Fourth of July firework spectaculars. Cheer on the stars and stripes at celebrations all over the region.

Every summer, the Poconos is alive with the sound of music, with a wide variety of festivals highlighting amazing local musicians. The Wildflower Concert Series has been held on the lush grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary for almost 40 years.

Shawnee Riverfest offers a free day of music for the whole family on the shores of the Delaware River, with proceeds benefiting the local community.

Pocono Raceway puts pedal to the metal every summer as the NASCAR Cup comes to the “Tricky Triangle."



County fairs typically happen in August and have been a staple on the Pocono Mountains events calendar for generations, offering rides, food, agricultural displays, entertainment, fireworks and fun for the whole family. The Wayne County Fair in Honesdale is over 150 years old and hosts big-name country music concerts, a demolition derby and much more.

Livestock shows and demolition derbies are just a few of the exciting competitions and events on the schedule at the Carbon County Fair in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.

Monroe County’s West End Fair takes place in Gilbert, PA and features animals, live entertainment and arena shows.

The fairground in Newfoundland, PA is filled with a colorful ferris wheel, fun slides and more for the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Head to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm for the Pocono State Craft Festival every August, offering a large variety of art and craft demonstrations. plus performances from great regional musician.

As summer winds down, take advantage of the long hours of daylight to enjoy some extra time on the water. Wally Lake Fest is an action-packed weekend and community-wide festival held every year on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Food, craft and retail booths as well as performance stages pop up in downtown Stroudsburg for StroudFest over Labor Day Weekend.


Head to the fair! Enjoy all the fair favorites like demolition derbies, rides, and funnel cake.



The Arts & Crafts Fair in Bingham Park returns to Hawley in September with fall offerings from local crafters and artisans, perfect for picking up some early holiday gifts.

Fall brings literature lovers to Milford for the Milford Readers & Writers Festival. Get inspired by performances and author talks.

Don't miss the Annual Delaware Water Gap COTA Jazz and Arts Festival which brings great music to the historic borough.

Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Pocono Latin Fest is fun for the whole family and takes place at East Stroudsburg University, featuring the vibrant sights, sounds, and flavors of Latin America.

Held at the magnificent Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, the National Public Lands Day and Festival of Wood celebrates natural and cultural heritage.

Soak in the magic of autumn at fall festivals all over our region.



At the beginning of the month, the The Pocono Food Truck Festival brings a wide variety of food trucks and vendors plus fun and fine arts to Shawnee Mountain.

The Pocono Environmental Education Center has been presenting conservation exhibits, live entertainment and local food at their Annual Harvest Festival for over a decade.

Honesdale celebrates Harvest and Heritage Days with pumpkins, hay rides and more. Bring the whole family for train excursions, historical exhibits and tours.

Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage Festival takes place downtown beneath the colorful leaves, offering spooky ghost tours, children’s activities, free live music and delicious food to enjoy.

Step back in time to savor the season at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm’s Harvest Festival and watch heritage craft, trade skill and food demonstrations common in the 1800s.

The Black Bear Film Festival is one of Pennsylvania's premier independent film festivals, a great place to find some new favorites to add to your watch list.

Get into the spooky spirit with haunted tours and Halloween events for all ages.



As the last of the leaves fall, let Poconos chefs take care of your family's Thanksgiving feast. Local restaurants offer delicious holiday buffets and to-go dinners.

Held on Black Friday, Honesdale’s festive Winter Wonderland event marks the start of the holiday season with downtown sales and the lighting of the Central Park tree and Irving Cliff star.

Light up the dark with holiday lights displays like Poconos Lights and Christmas Tram Tours which begin at the end of November and continue through December.

Camelback Mountain hosts the Annual ULLR Fest to summon Ullr, the Norse god of skiing and snow.



When colder temperatures arrive and snow blankets the Pocono Mountains, our small towns light up for the most wonderful time of the year, from Hawley Winterfest to Milford's Annual Tree Lighting. The historic streets of Jim Thorpe are the perfect backdrop for the town’s Annual Olde Time Christmas Weekends.

Looking to ride the train with Santa? Both Lehigh Gorge Railway and The Stourbridge Line run seasonal excursions that include a chance to visit with Kris Kringle.

The Quiet Valley Old Time Christmas has been a tradition for over three decades. Savor the holiday season with lantern light, luminaries and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies

On December 31, ring in the new year with buffets and ball drops at Poconos resorts, and get ready for the calendar to start all over again!